Vista Ridge High School Wellness
VRHS Wellness Program
The upgrades to the weight room have definitely made for more efficient workouts for myself and my classmates. Ever since more platforms, equipment and the has been added, we are all able to get our workouts done instead of waiting for equipment and platforms to be open. The turf makes a lot of mobility-focused exercises easier both in a constructive and practical sense because the material is easier to grip; making it easier to move on. The turf also allow for more space to workout in general, which adds to the previous issue of not being able to workout as a class at once. I know the additions to the weight room have been an exciting uplifter and motivator for the athletes and students at Vista Ridge!
The new weight room has allowed more athletes to reach their maximum potential in less time. Being able to have over twice as many in-floor platforms have allowed all athletes to workout at once. There is no longer the issue of having to wait for a bar or lack of space needed to lift. Having the in-floor platforms has also allowed us to add different exercise that are unique to our program and have helped us develop strength in ways the previous weight room didn't. Having the long strip of turf down the middle has also allowed for this. It gives us designated areas for lifting which help improve safety and makes the class more specific about what needs to be done and where. The turf also allows athletes to get the feeling that they are working out outside, which is where most athletes practice and perform. The new weight room has allowed for weight classes to be safer, and more productive, and overall allow the class to run smoother. The new weight room has also allowed athletes to get more out of their workouts in less time, allowing faster growth.
Thanks so much to the Wellness group for the contribution to my Adventure PE class this school year. With this grant money, we were able to purchase a new Trek mountain bike, pedals, spare tubes, chain lube and basic tools. This allowed even more of my students to learn the benefits and feel the enjoyment of mountain biking! Further, some 40 students this year learned the proper way to do basic bike maintenance like lubricating moving parts, and how to change a flat tire (which is the most common reason people stop riding their bikes!).
The Wellness Group has been so beneficial to Adventure PE over the years and I am so grateful for your support of this unique class!
The funds we received for the Vista Ridge Counseling Program have been a huge benefit to our students. We are utilizing the new books to supplement small group curriculum planning and for individual counseling session needs. The new signage has helped our students, parents, and staff understand our limits of confidentiality. This has strengthened our relationships with our stakeholders and has improved understanding of the school counselor role. Additionally, stress relieving tools have been useful for our students experiencing anxiety. They were especially helpful during a social-emotional crisis where many students utilized our resources
Wellness Policy Overview
District 49's wellness policy and supporting guidelines focus on improving the health of students. Anyone interested in serving on the districtwide wellness advisory council should email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
A sample of the Curriculum Food Request Form is available here.
Nutrition for classroom parties, celebrations, rewards & fundraisers:
- All food items must be store-bought with the nutrition information showing that the product is 100 calories or less, 0 grams of trans fat.
- No candy or sodas are allowed.
- Birthday celebrations with treats must follow the Wellness Policy Guidelines.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are excluded from calorie and sugar limits.
- Food prepared in a private home may not be served at school to students because knowledge of ingredients, sanitation, preparation, and temperature of food in storage or transit is not available, nor can quality and sanitation standards be controlled.
- Fundraiser guidelines may also be found in the Wellness Policy Guidelines.
Healthy Snack Ideas Under 100 Calories
Non-Food Celebration Ideas
Cascadian Farm Kid-Sized Oatmeal Raisin Bar
Smencils (smell good pencils)
Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Goldfish 100 Calorie Pack
Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn
6” Banana decorated with Sharpie and/or stickers
Stretch Island Fruit Leather
Applesauce on the Go
Post its in fun shapes
Fruit cups in 100% juice
Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps
Minute Maid Kids + Minis 100% Juice Box
Seeds for planting
Trader Joe’s Apple + Banana Fruit Bar
Lead a Dance Break
Our commitment to physical activity:
- Physical education is provided in elementary, middle, and high school.
- Strenuous physical activity is not used (e.g. running laps, pushups) as punishment.
- Generally, students should not be required to “sit out” any part of recess as punishment unless there is a safety concern.
- Elementary school students will have a minimum of 30-minutes daily of physical activity. Recess for 1⁄2 day Kindergarten will be determined at those individual buildings.
- Physical activity can include recess, physical education classes, fitness breaks, active classroom activities, exercise programs, or active field trips.